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    Registration now open to see world-renowned author and social psychologist

    SOURCE:Eastman Chemical Company


    July 31, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Dr. Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and author of the New York Times best-selling book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, will headline IDEAcademy 2018, set for Sept. 18-19. Featuring thought leaders ranging from storytellers and sports enthusiasts to scientists and students, IDEAcademy promises something for everyone around the theme of “Fueling insights. Driving transformation.”

    What is IDEAcademy?
    IDEAcademy is a FREE event initiated and endowed by Eastman in 2002 in partnership with.  East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology. The program was established to provide unique opportunities for regional residents, businesses, and community leaders to participate in world-class leadership trainings.

    2018 Event Details

    Event:  IDEAcademy Main Event
    Date: September 19, 2018
    Time: 9:00 a. m. – 2:00 p.m. (keynote at 1:00 p.m.)
    Location: Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center, Kingsport, Tenn.


    Online registration required to reserve lunch at

    In addition, a satellite event will be hosted at The Millennium Centre in Johnson City at 4:00 p.m. on Sept. 18. Registration is required for the satellite event. Seating is limited.

    Featured speakers:
    Additional thought leaders sharing the stage with Amy Cuddy at IDEAcademy this year include:

    • Dr. Greg Aloia, East Tennessee State University
    • Jos de Wit, Eastman
    • Steve Forbes, ETSU Basketball Coach
    • Natalie Kuldell, MIT/BioBuilder
    • Annie Malcolm, Roan Scholar, ETSU
    • Tim McAfee, Extreme Sports Enthusiast
    • Allison Myers, StoryCenter
    • Greg Porter, PowerSchool
    • Austin Ramsey, Roan Scholar, ETSU
    • Kiran Sirah, International Storytelling Center
    • Jill Zande, Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE)

    About Dr. Amy Cuddy
    About Dr. Cuddy’s 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” has been viewed more than 48 million times and is the second-most-viewed TED Talk. Focusing on the power of nonverbal behavior, prejudice and stereotyping, and the ways in which people can affect their own thoughts, performance, and psychological and physical well-being, she speaks about how we can become more present, influential, compassionate, and satisfied in our professional and personal lives.

    For more information, including a detailed agenda and videos from the 2016 and 2017 events, visit

    Tweet me:.@amyjccuddy to headline @IDEAcademy 2018 hosted by @eastmanchemco & @etsu College of Business & Technology. Register now to see world-renowned author & social psychologist on September 19 at #fuelinginsights #drivingtransformation

    Contact Info:

    Amanda Allman

    Chrissy Idlette

    KEYWORDS: IDEAcademy, Amy Cuddy, TEDtalks, NYSE:EMN, Eastman Chemical Company

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    Abbott delivers shared value across Africa by finding unique ways to expand access to innovative rapid testing technologies.



    Despite health improvements made across Africa in recent years, significant health challenges remain for 1.2 billion people living across the continent. The region shoulders some of the world's heaviest infectious disease burdens: 90 percent of the world’s malaria cases and nearly 70 percent of the 36.7 million HIV cases worldwide. Adding further complication, healthcare access for those living in rural sub-Saharan Africa is limited.

    This is where Abbott's life-changing technologies, and a commitment to pioneering collaboration, are making a difference. This work is squarely aimed at two things: creating pioneering testing technologies that meet critical, unmet health needs; and specifically designing and manufacturing these technologies for use in challenging, resource limited settings. This is delivering significant social impact through affordable, portable, and rapid diagnostic tests that provide results quickly. We design our products to be used in remote and rural areas, including battery-powered analyzers that are compact for transport on motorbikes and in canoes.

    Learn more about how Abbott is advancing shared value in Africa through its rapid diagnostics business.

    Tweet me:Across rural Africa, @AbbottNews is providing communities with pioneering rapid diagnostics for diseases like HIV and malaria. Read more about how Abbott is delivering #SharedValue by extending the reach of life-changing technology:

    KEYWORDS: diagnostics, Abbott, africa, rapid diagnostics, Global Health, Shared Value, NYSE:ABT

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    Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit cash and product to assist local organizations with recovery and relief services



    BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 31, 2018 /3BL Media/– Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support through cash and product donations of $200,000 to organizations in response to the severe wildfires that are impacting California. As part of this commitment, Walmart is working closely with local officials and governmental entities to help meet the needs of those affected.

    “We are deeply concerned by the devastation impacting our associates, customers and the communities we serve,” said Dacona Smith, Walmart’s senior vice president for operations in California. “In the coming days we will continue to help with relief efforts by working with non-profits, first responders, local officials and governmental organizations to identify needs and provide additional support.”

    Walmart operates 306 retail facilities in California, which includes 140 Supercenters, thirty three Sam’s Clubs and sixty nine Neighborhood Markets, all supported by nearly 89,881 associates across the state.

    Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In addition to last year’s hurricane response of more than $38 million, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

    About Walmart
    Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 270 million customers and members visit our more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting, on Facebook at on Twitter at

    About Philanthropy at Walmart
    By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back.

    To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit


    Media Relations

    Tweet me:.@Walmart and @WalmartGiving commit cash and product to assist local organizations with California wildfire relief

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:WMT, California, natural disasters, disaster relief, wildfires, Walmart

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    Goal to help one million people in need reached two years early thanks to partnership with VSP network doctors

    SOURCE:VSP Global


    RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., August 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ – “I was 9 years old and went to my school nurse because I was having trouble seeing the board,” said Jenna Lancaster. “The nurse knew of a program from VSP that could help our family with getting the eye exam and glasses, something that provided my mom a sense of relief because she was worried she couldn’t afford to get them on our own. The day I received my glasses, my entire world and performance in school totally changed. Now I am entering my sophomore year in college here in Dahlonega, Georgia and pursuing my dreams.”  

    One decade ago, Lancaster received a comprehensive eye exam and glasses at no-cost through Sight for Students, a VSP Global Eyes of Hope® program. In 2016, VSP Global hit a milestone of providing access to no-cost eye care and eyewear for one million people in need, like Lancaster, and committed to helping another million by 2020. In partnership with VSP network doctors, that goal was reached two years early. Now, VSP has committed to doubling its original goal.

    Focused primarily in the United States, the efforts require the continued collaboration with community partners and charities, VSP employees—and most critically—VSP network doctors.  

    “When my community was devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 13 years ago, I too was affected as my practice was completely destroyed. VSP not only supported me in my decision to rebuild, but also supported our community by providing access to no-cost eye care and glasses for those affected during a time of crisis,” said Jarrett Johnson, OD, and VSP Global Board Member. “I am proud to be a part of these important efforts, both then and now.”

    For many patients, receiving vision care has made it possible to safely drive to work, fill out a job application, succeed in school, or simply see the faces of their loved ones clearly. For some patients, a comprehensive eye exam received from VSP network doctors has also led to the early detection of chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension.

    “Our mission is to increase access to eye care and eyewear to give everyone the opportunity to see clearly and Eyes of Hope offers another delivery channel to the important care and services provided by VSP network doctors every day,” said Michael Guyette, President and CEO of VSP Global. “We remain committed to expanding our efforts to bridge the gap in access to vision care for those disadvantaged by distance, disaster or income.”

    Eyes of Hope initiatives include:

    • Mobile eye care clinics and gift certificates that provide immediate, no-cost access to eye exams and glasses for individuals in need from a local VSP network doctor;  
    • Eyewear donations and portable equipment loans that support optometrists who are delivering eye care to those in need globally; and
    • Special projects that improve sustainable access to eye care, such as We See, an initiative that set out to help 30,000 school children in Soweto, South Africa.

    Learn more about VSP Global Eyes of Hope.

    # # #

    About VSP Global

    VSP Global® is a doctor-governed company that exists to create value for members and opportunities for VSP network doctors. Our industry leading businesses include VSP® Vision Care, the only national not-for-profit vision benefits company, which provides access to eye care for 88 million members through a network of 39,000 doctors worldwide; Marchon® Eyewear, Inc., one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and distributors of high quality eyewear and sunwear; VSP Optics, industry leaders in ophthalmic technology and lab services, providing custom lens solutions for the vision and lifestyle needs of patients; Eyefinity®, the industry leader in practice management and electronic health record software, and VSP Retail, which focuses on increasing access to eye care and eyewear through multiple channels. Together with VSP network doctors, VSP Global Eyes of Hope® has provided access to no-cost eye care and eyewear for more than 2 million people in need.

    KEYWORDS: VSP Global, Eyes of Hope, VSP Vision Care, eye exams, glasses, michael guyette, VSP, charity care, vision care


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    SOURCE:Shire Pharmaceuticals


    Shire is proud to announce that it has joined the United States National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as one of its corporate partners dedicated to supporting LGBT entrepreneurs and sourcing from NGLCC’s certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTEs). For more than 15 years NGLCC has been the exclusive certifying body for LGBT owned and operated businesses in the United States. Working with LGBTBEs is an important part of Shire’s Supplier Diversity and Inclusion program as well as Shire’s Responsibility commitments.

    Shire is committed to working closely with its suppliers and making positive changes along its value chain by encouraging our business partners, suppliers, and contractors to adopt responsible and sustainable practices.

    To that end, Shire’s Responsibility strategy includes a focus on ensuring supplier commitment to responsibility by evaluating the social and environmental performance of Shire’s strategic suppliers and working with strategic suppliers to influence performance. Shire also has launched a new Supplier Code of Conduct that describes Shire’s expectations of its suppliers.

    Supplier diversity is also an important aspect of our approach to responsible supply chain management. We seek and select qualified suppliers from all segments of the business community. In the U.S., we employ our Supplier Diversity Program to ensure that Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) and Small Disadvantaged Businesses are afforded a fair and equal opportunity to participate in the awarding of contracts. In 2017, 13% of our spend with US-based suppliers was directed to businesses in our Supplier Diversity Program, equating to $461.2 million.

    For more information about NGLCC, visit To learn more about Shire’s Responsibility commitments and goals, please visit Shire’s Annual Responsibility Review at or view our latest video on Responsibility.

    Tweet me:.@ShirePLC joins the US National LGBT Chamber of Commerce as a corporate partner. Learn about Shire's dedication to supporting LGBT entrepreneurs and their Supplier #Diversity and #Inclusion program

    KEYWORDS: Supplier Diversity and Inclusion program, Shire Pharmaceuticals, NGLCC

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    SOURCE:National Diversity Council


    LOS ANGELES, August 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The National Diversity Council announces the 2018 Top 50 Women in Entertainment, a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers impacting the entertainment industry. These women have reached the top of their profession and are effective leaders within their organization. They drive change, contribute to business growth, and inspire others to succeed.

    “The 2018 Top 50 Women in Entertainment highlights the most extraordinary female leaders in the industry,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “It is our pleasure to recognize such distinguished women dedicated to continued success in the entertainment.”

    The Top 50 Women in Entertainment selection was based on the following criteria:

    • Top Leader in the organization and profession
    • Directly contributes to business growth or strategic direction of the organization
    • Maintains a record of accomplishments in their area of expertise
    • Effective role model who inspires other women and is active in mentoring the next generation of women in the industry
    • Operates with the highest integrity and ethical behavior
    • Demonstrates a commitment to corporate citizenship

    For more information about the 2018 Top 50 Women in Entertainment, please visit our awards website at or contact Christina Graham at

    2018 Top 50 Women in Entertainment


    Aimee Lapic

    Chief Marketing Officer



    Angela Molloy

    Vice President, Development, WEtv

    AMC Networks

    Beatriz Acevedo

    Founding Partner, President


    Blossom Lefcourt

    Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel

    Comedy Central


    Christine McCarthy

    Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

    The Walt Disney Company

    Claire (Goldstein) Hart

    Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

    Blizzard Entertainment


    Claudia Cahill

    President/Chief Content Officer

    Omnicom Media Group


    Dana Henry Benson

    Vice President, Communications


    Deborah Barak

    President, Business Operations

    CBS Entertainment, CBS Television Studios and CBS News

    Dee Dee Myers

    Executive Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

    Warner Brothers


    Denise Wally

    Vice President, Human Resources

    Entertainment Studios


    Donna Langley


    Universal Pictures


    Elaine Paul




    Erin Jontow

    Executive Vice President, Television

    John Wells Productions

    Ethiopia Habtemariam


    Motown Records


    Gabriella Colantoni

    Senior Vice President, Executive Search and Talent Acquisition

    Fox ( Film, Tv, and Sports)


    Ginny Nugent

    Senior Vice President, West Coast Production


    Holly Bario

    President of Production

    Amblin Partners

    Inga Dyer

    EVP, General Counsel Business & Legal Affairs

    Revolt Media & TV


    Janet Shepard


    Herzog & Company

    Jasmine McMullen

    Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs



    Jasmine Oberman

    Vice President, Distribution Counsel

    A&E Networks


    Jennifer Salke


    Amazon Studios

    Jessica Neal

    Chief Talent Officer



    Jo DiSante

    Vice President

    ABC Television

    Julia Kazaks

    Executive Vice President-Corporate Affairs

    Activision Blizzard


    Kathleen Kennedy




    Kristen Kelly

    Vice President, Series Development and Original Programming




    Laura Miele

    Chief Studios Officer

    Electronic Arts


    Leah Weil

    Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel

    Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Lesley Freeman

    Chief Legal Officer


    Lesley Olenik

    Vice President- Touring

    Live Nation


    Lisa Kridos

    Vice President-Original Programming & Development

    Tegna Inc.


    Lisa Henson

    CEO and President

    The Jim Henson Company

    Lori Openden

    Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting

    The CW


    Nancy Utley


    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    Nirokhi Raychaudhuri

    Vice President


    Pamela Sergeef

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer



    Paula Erickson

    Executive Vice President

    Sony Music Entertainment

    Rachel Kimbrough

    Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs

    STX Entertainment


    Shannon Petranoff

    Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing

    Paramount Pictures


    Sharon Hoffman

    Executive Producer

    Entertainment Tonight


    Shirley Davis

    Executive Vice President, Physical Production

    Alcon Entertainment


    Stacey Karr Rosenson

    Vice President, Consumer Marketing, AT&T Entertainment Group



    Stacy Snider

    Chairman & CEO

    20th Century Fox

    Stefanie Schwartz

    Senior Vice President, Digital and Business Development



    Stephanie Rosenberg

    Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs

    All3Media America

    Theano Apostolou

    Executive Vice President, Communications

    Starz Entertainment


    Victoria Boston

    Vice President- Loyalty Centers of Excellence

    Comcast NBCUniversal – West Division

    Wendy Luckenbill

    Senior Vice President, Communications

    OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network


    About the National Diversity Council

    A non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

    More information about the National Diversity Council is available at

    Media Contact:
    Dennis Kennedy
    Founder & Chair
    National Diversity Council

    Tweet me:.@DiversityFirst announces 2018 Top 50 Women in Entertainment! Click here to see all of the amazing women who are breaking barriers in the industry: #Diversity #Top50

    KEYWORDS: National Diveristy Council. Dennis Kennedy, Angeles Valenciano, equality, Entertainment, entertainment industry, PANDORA, Fandango, Walt Disney Company, warner brothers, Universal Pictures, Hulu, Motown Records, Revolt, netflix, hbo

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    Written By Rob Fraley



    Imagine that some enterprising souls in the U.S. decide one day that shoes are bad, and begin drumming up support and waging communications campaigns to convince the country to go “Shoe free.”

    This is, of course, a ridiculous concept. We all know that shoes are a beneficial “tool” that make our lives better. They keep our feet warm in the winter and dry in the rain. They keep us from burning our feet on hot pavement or stepping on sharp objects like broken glass. They prevent the rampant spread of the dreaded foot fungus.

    Now…also imagine that the people at the core of the “Shoe-free” movement have invented various “shoe alternatives” – special socks, “natural” foot sealant, etc. – and that anyone involved in the manufacturing or retail of these products will reap financial benefits from proclaiming the “anti-shoe” message. Selling new products to an untapped market of 330 million people can be a powerful motivator.

    Before long, we start seeing stories in our social media feeds about how thousands of people are being hurt by shoes. And not only that, but how shoes are also hurting the environment.

    • There are personal anecdotes (although, without any scientific evidence to support them): “My aunt wore shoes for 63 years and now she has foot cancer.”
    • There are celebrity testimonials featured on magazine covers: “I never wear shoes because I care about my body and I care about the earth. Barefoot living makes me healthier and happier.”
    • There are conspiracy theories: “The shoe companies have brainwashed us into thinking we need shoes so they can take our money and then take over the world. And the government is in on it!”

    Then the movement starts to catch on, and before long we are seeing signs and packaging labels plastered all over the stores we shop in and on the products we buy (even if they have nothing to do with shoes): “No shoes preferred”; “Shoe-free zone”; “Manufactured in a shoe-free facility.” Toy manufacturers start making public statements about why they’ve decided to sell “Shoe-free” dolls and action figures.

    As irrational as it may seem, if this went on long enough and Americans continued to be bombarded by these messages at every turn, eventually I think some (if not many) would start to accept the idea that shoes are bad. Shoes are to be avoided. It is better to pay more for shoe alternatives for the health of our children, and for the good of humanity.

    The point of this story? To provide a relatable illustration of what the scientific and agricultural communities have observed with the “Free-From Label Movement” – particularly with the labeling of foods produced with genetically modified crops, or “GMOs.” We now see “Non-GMO” signs and labels everywhere we go – even on products for which there is no GMO alternative (there are only ten GMO crops commercially approved in the U.S.).

    In fact, we have seen all the “shoe example” tactics listed above to package and market food (and even non-food) products using a variety of buzzwords: Organic, gluten-free, chemical-free, all-natural, etc. – typically at significantly higher prices than non-labeled product alternatives. Here are just a few examples of messages that American consumers are bombarded with at every turn:

    Some of the labels we see border on absurdity, such as gluten-free water or non-GMO salt(since salt is a mineral, not a living organism, and therefore has no genes). Or, as most scientists would be quick to point out, everything you eat is made of chemicals and “natural” does not imply safe or healthy – which renders those labels basically meaningless.

    In 2016, the U.S. Congress passed a bill mandating disclosure on foods containing GMO ingredients. The USDA has clearly stated that this is a marketing standard and that there is no safety concern with bioengineered crops, but to avoid an expensive and potentially confusing patchwork of state laws, it has been working to develop uniform rules for what the disclosure should include. It released a proposal in May that included some friendly-looking symbols that move away from the term “GMO” and use “BE” instead, which stands for bioengineered but means the same thing. Now the USDA is reviewing more than 14,000 comments received during the public comment period, which ended in early July, before issuing its final regulations.

    Whatever the outcome, it’s hard to get past the frustration that American consumers are being misled – not by the government, which is simply trying to bring order to chaos, but by the groups pushing to bombard consumers with unnecessary food labels. In the case of GMOs:

    But while the benefits of shoes are evident to those who physically use them each day, marketers have found it easy to make GMOs sound scary to consumers who have no connection to farming or science.

    And just as in the shoe example, people at the core of the non-GMO, organic, and natural food movements are profiting greatly from consumer acceptance of these messages. There are now more than 43,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products generating annual sales of $22 billionOrganic sales in the U.S. hit $49.4 billion in 2017, up 6.4% from 2016. And over the past decade, growth in traditional supermarkets and drugstores has been flat, while natural food supermarkets are on the rise.

    It is purely common sense to conclude that if consumers are constantly seeing and hearing products touted as “organic” or “non-GMO,” they will infer that it means those products are somehow better – or, going a step further, that products that aren’t labeled as such are somehow worse – less safe, less nutritious, less sustainably produced. And that is simply not true. I applaud the companies that are willing to resist the pressure to follow the crowd (and the money) to add non-GMO labels to food packaging, and have instead chosen to take a stand for science.

    Yes, I agree that consumers have a right to transparent labels. But that transparency only helps them make more informed decisions if they have an accurate understanding of what the label terminology means. If at the end of the day, free-from labels cause people to make decisions based on underlying misinformation rather than scientific facts, it makes one wonder…where is the reason in this movement?

    Meanwhile, smallholder farmers in Africa are begging for drought-tolerant and insect-resistant GMO crops so that they can feed their families – a basic human right that we take for granted every time we walk into a well-stocked grocery store.

    There’s too much at stake to let label confusion get in the way of scientific advances and feeding the world. GMOs are safe. Organic isn’t any healthier. Let’s stop the fear mongering and celebrate that we are privileged to enjoy the most abundant, affordable and nutritious food on the planet.


    Tweet me:Rob Fraley from @MonsantoCo uses a clever analogy to help people understand the importance of GMOs. Read more here

    KEYWORDS: modern agriculture, farming, sustainability, Monsanto, NYSE:MON


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    SOURCE:Legg Mason


    Legg Mason recently announced that we have joined the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) – an industry group representing investors from across Australia and New Zealand who are focused on responsible, ethical and impact investing.

    RIAA seeks to increase the amount of capital invested responsibly by providing valuable information to its constituents, creating awareness and demand for RI products, and by approving funds via its Certification Program.

    The network consists of 220 of fund managers, brokers, financial advisors, community banks/trusts, faith-based groups and individuals who, combined, manage more than AUD$9 trillion in assets globally.

    Andy Sowerby, Legg Mason’s country head in Australia and New Zealand, said joining RIAA is consistent with our move to integrate environment, social and governance (ESG) factors to our investment process and by applying certain ethics-based restrictions when developing products.

    A recent Money Management article, “Legg Mason Joins RIAA” included the following quote from Andy: “We believe that RIAA plays an important role in promoting best practice in responsible investment and we look forward to putting forward a number of our funds to be considered for RIAA certification.”

    View the “ESG Strategies” section of Legg Mason’s CSR Report to learn more about how ESG investing aligns with our mission of Investing to Improve Lives.

    Additional resources:

    Tweet me:.@LeggMason Affirms its Commitment to Responsible Investing In Australia, joins @RIAANews

    KEYWORDS: esg, NYSE:LM, legg mason, Australia

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    Subaru of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Continue Partnership to Inspire Students Nationwide

    SOURCE:Subaru of America


    CAMDEN, N.J., August 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Subaru of America, Inc. announced today it will once again team up with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to bring the world of science, engineering, and innovation to students through the “Subaru Loves Learning” initiative celebrated each August. According to AAAS, only 36% of high school students are ready for college level science, while over 80% of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. are in science fields. As part of the automaker’s philanthropic Love Promise Community Commitment platform, 502 Subaru retailers across the country will work alongside AAAS’s 120,000 members and 250 affiliated societies to help engage young minds by providing greater access to award-winning science books and much-needed school supplies. To date, more than 187,000 books have been donated to schools nationwide through this partnership.

    Subaru retailers will again be matched with local schools and donate a diverse array of award-winning books to help bridge the gap and further promote K-12 science education. Books are selected from the winners and finalists of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, which celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. Selected books are scientifically sound and foster an understanding and appreciation of science in readers of all ages.  

    Throughout August, consumers are encouraged to visit a participating Subaru retailer who will donate a book in their name and write an inspirational note of encouragement on a bookmark to be placed inside the donated book. In addition, Subaru retailers across the country also will have school supply collection boxes for visitors to donate essential school supplies, like pencils, erasers, notebooks, backpacks, and more.

    “At Subaru, we know the deepest learning happens when students have the tools they need to inspire new ways of thinking and seeing the world,” said Alan Bethke, senior vice president of marketing at Subaru of America. “We believe education is a fundamental right and are dedicated to supporting organizations, like AAAS, that make learning as accessible as possible.”

    For information about Subaru Loves Learning and to find out more about the partners that Subaru supports, visit

    About Subaru of America, Inc.
    Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

    For additional information visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    About AAAS 
    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational MedicineScience Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science AdvancesScience Immunology; and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For additional information about AAAS, see


    Diane Anton, Subaru of America, Inc.                                 


    Anne Q. Hoy, AAAS


    Tweet me:Through their continued partnership, @Subaru_USA and the American Association for the Advancement of #Science have donated over 187,000 books to schools nationwide @AAAS #SubaruLovesLearning #SubaruLovePromise

    KEYWORDS: subaru, Subaru Love Promise, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Subaru loves learning


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    Grove Collaborative commits to plant 100,000 trees in our nation’s forests

    SOURCE:Arbor Day Foundation


    LINCOLN, Neb. August 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ — The Arbor Day Foundation announced today a new partnership with Grove Collaborative — an auto-shipment service offering natural household products — to plant 100,000 trees in forests of high need. Grove Collaborative has pledged to donate 1 percent of sales from Grove Collaborative’s Seedling branded paper products toward the Foundation’s reforestation efforts on an ongoing basis.

    Through the partnership, trees will be planted on Klamath National Forest in California, Mississippi River Valley, Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, Vinton and Harrison County Mined Land in Ohio and Ecofina Creek State Forest in Florida. These plantings will help provide cleaner air and water along with helping to restore natural habitat for wildlife.

    “We are thrilled to partner with Grove Collaborative to plant trees in forests across the country,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “Our forests are part of the long and rich history of the people and land of this country. Thanks to Grove Collaborative’s support, we can begin to regenerate life back to these forests.”

    Record wildfires, pests and disease and other natural disasters have destroyed millions of trees in forests across the country. The impact of the designated planting sites will restore critical watersheds, reinstate habitat for threatened and at-risk wildlife species and replant trees in devastated forests where natural regeneration will not occur.

    “Grove is so excited that the launch of our Seedling tree-free paper products will drive reforestation efforts across the US,” said Jon Silverman, General Manager.  “Our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation makes this launch a truly special experience for the entire Grove community. Through the help of Arbor Day, we are not only selling paper products that do not use any trees, but we can offer the first ‘tree-positive’ paper in the World.”

    About the Arbor Day Foundation

    Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Their vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger. As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at  

    About Grove Collaborative

    Launched in 2016, Grove Collaborative is a digitally native brand with an owned direct-to-consumer ecommerce platform for natural home and personal care products. With a mission to help every family create a healthy, beautiful home, Grove offers a flexible recurring shipment model and gives each customer a personal shopper, a “Grove Guide.” Grove’s ecommerce platform makes natural products approachable to many families; half of Grove’s customers are trying natural for the first time. Every product Grove offers, both from their flagship Grove Collaborative brand and from exceptional third party brands, has been thoroughly vetted for health, sustainability and efficacy. Grove is a Certified B Corporation, a company that prioritizes social, environmental, and community wellbeing as well as profit. For more information, please visit

    Tweet me:.@arborday Announces New Partnership with Grove Collaborative.

    Contact Info:

    Danny Cohn
    Arbor Day Foundation
    +1 (402) 473-9563

    KEYWORDS: Arbor Day Foundation, Grove Collaborative, Trees, forests, Partnerships


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    SOURCE:National Diversity Council


    NEW YORK, August 1, 2018 /3BL Media/ - the Tri-State Diversity Council will be hosting the 2018 Diversity and Leadership Conference on August 23, 2018, at the New Yorker Hotel. The conference will feature multiple speakers presenting on a variety of topics regarding the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In addition, top business leaders will be recognized with a series of awards highlighting their commitment to effective and progressive leadership. This year’s theme is “Inclusion: The Source of Innovation.”

    “I am always honored to be in the presence of outstanding individuals who advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chairman of the National Diversity Council. “Their achievements epitomize the exceptional capabilities of individuals from all backgrounds.”

    This half-day event will open at 8:00 a.m. with registration and breakfast. Throughout the day, a variety of notable speakers will lead workshops discussing topics such as “Organizational Politics & Power Dynamics,” “Leading with Emotional Intelligence,” and “Women of Color in Leadership.” Featured keynote speakers, Melissa Ben-Ishay, Founder, President & Chief Product Officer of Baked by Melissa, and Carla Moore, Vice President of POS Strategy & Education at HBO will also be present to share the knowledge they have gained throughout their career. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their thoughts during question and answer sessions following each discussion.

    Two awards will also be presented at the Tri-State Diversity & Leadership Conference: The Most Powerful and Influential Women Award and the Leadership Excellence Award. During breakfast, top female business leaders will be presented with the Most Powerful and Influential Women Award. This award highlights women that exemplify undeniable leadership by demonstrating a commitment to the community, and significantly impacting company revenues and profitability. The Leadership Excellence Award will be presented during the mid-day luncheon. This award recognizes individuals from all backgrounds who are committed to fostering equality and demonstrate exceptional leadership skills.

    Registration for the Tri-State Diversity and Leadership Conference is currently open and can be completed at For more information, please contact Sofia Reed at

    2018 Leadership Excellence Awardees

    Annemarie Crouch
    Global Director, Human Capital Management
    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

    Brian Vaught
    Senior Vice President
    Publicis Media

    Claudia Coplein
    Chief Medical Officer

    Deborah Stanley-McAulay
    Chief Diversity Officer
    Yale University

    Gerald Lamadieu
    SVP, Global Controllers
    Brown Brothers Harriman

    Gil Quinones
    President & CEO
    New York Power Authority

    Kenneth Cole
    Senior VP
    Goldman Sachs

    Luis Diaz
    General Counsel & Chief Cybersecurity Officer
    Vision-e and Affiliates Companies


    Meika Roberson
    Chief Diversity Officer
    CarePoint Health

    Melissa Rioseco
    Director, Business Partner Communication
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

    Orly Lynn
    US Head of Diversity & Inclusion

    Smita Pillai 
    Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
    Dow Jones

    Thomas Massaro
    SVP, Marketing, Customer Service & Energy Efficiency
    New Jersey Natural Gas Company



    2018 Most Powerful & Influential Women Awardees

    Angela Thompson 
    VP, Human Resources -East Region


    Cheryl Palmerini
    Chief of Staff and Head of D&I
    Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

    Christina Herrmann
    Chief Talent Officer
    Shipman & Goodwin

    Christina Komporlis
    Senior VP
    The Wall Street Journal

    Jacqueline Woods
    Chief Marketing Officer

    Kathleen Navarro
    Chief Diversity Officer
    New York Life Insurance

    Linda Hassan
    Head, Diversity & Inclusion - Americas
    Thomson Reuters

    Rosemarie Lanard
    Chief Diversity Officer
    S&P Global

    Singleton Beato
    Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer
    McCann World Group

    Vivian Greentree
    SVP, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship
    First Data




    About the Tri-State Diversity Council

    A non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

    More information about the Washington Diversity Council is available at

    Media Contact:

    Jasmine Mack
    Sr. Communications Specialist
    National Diversity Council

    Tweet me:.@TriStateDC honors top New York business leaders for their commitment to #diversity! Click here to see if someone from your favorite company made the list: #fosterinclusion

    KEYWORDS: National Diversity Council, Dennis Kennedy, Angeles Valenciano, Tri-State, New York, The New Yorker Hotel, Cakes by Melissa, Melissa Ben-Ishay, hbo, Carla Moore, Leadership, equality

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    NY Utilities Submit Distributed System Implementation Plans That Support Making New York the National Energy Leader with a Safe, Clean, Modern System

    SOURCE:National Grid


    National Grid has submitted its 2018 Distributed System Implementation Plan, providing a detailed roadmap for building the capabilities necessary to integrate more distributed energy resources, support markets for innovative products and services, and drive further progress toward New York’s clean energy goals. 

    The filing to the Department of Public Service highlights the actions taken the past two years and planned for the next five years to further integrate distributed energy resources into utility planning and operations, support that resource market, and share information that helps customers manage their energy use and developers scope market opportunities.

    “The energy landscape is changing – energy supply is becoming more diverse and less carbon intensive, and digitization and decentralization trends are accelerating,” said John Bruckner, president, National Grid – New York.  “At National Grid, we understand the critical role we play in enabling and supporting this clean energy transition and we are committed to providing a more efficient energy delivery system that meets the evolving needs of our customers.”

    The plan provides developers access to detailed, interactive maps to identify favorable locations for locating energy resources.  Streamlined and transparent interconnection processes are bringing projects online faster and more easily, allowing for detailed tracking of application status.

    Increased availability of customer and system data through user-friendly tools helps developers understand the market and serve customer needs, while also creating more informed and empowered energy consumers.

    Additionally, the use of distributed energy resources as alternatives to traditional utility investment is expanding market opportunities for developers, driving innovation and testing new operational and business models.

    National Grid’s plan addresses areas ranging from grid integration of electric vehicles and energy storage to advanced network and customer data as a tool for integrated planning.

    The biennial DSIP filings are a core component of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, providing the utilities’ individual plans for developing distributed system platforms and modernizing the grid.  To inform their filings, the utilities engaged stakeholders to exchange information and solicit input. 

    National Grid’s filing is available at:{9E306044-DF6B-44CC-9E8C-966436E77999}

    Highlights of the plans submitted by the state’s utilities include:

    • Customer Opportunities: Providing online tools to engage customers and address their needs in a growing energy marketplace by offering convenient household usage data, personalized energy savings recommendations, rebates on efficient home and appliance products, and other tools to help customers save energy;
    • Customer Privacy: Implementing anonymity standards to protect customer privacy; 
    • Market Opportunities: Expanding market opportunities for developers of innovative clean energy solutions to participate in projects that will eliminate or delay the need for traditional utility infrastructure, or non-wires alternatives, with 45 such opportunities currently available in locations on the grid that can benefit the system by lowering costs;
    • Access to Information: Increasing access and usability of stakeholder-requested information and Request For Proposal (RFP) opportunities through improved online portals based on the business needs of developers; enhancement of the Joint Utilities website and individual utility portals provides greater transparency and efficiency for developers in non-wires alternatives opportunities;
    • Data Visualization: Providing more detailed, user-friendly data visualizations to identify favorable locations for siting DER — including new, interactive maps showing how much DER can be accommodated at various grid locations;
    • Enhanced Interconnection Process: Creating a more automated, streamlined, and transparent interconnection process to bring projects online faster and easier and allow for detailed tracking of application status;
    • Innovation: Continuing to invest in demonstrations, pilot projects, and other programs to explore potential new technologies (including storage solutions and electric vehicles), service offerings, and operating and business models that will enable DER market growth and generate a greater understanding of how to deploy solutions across a utility service area to address system needs;
    • Value: Promoting opportunities for distributed energy resources to receive compensation reflective of the value they provide to the system by refining the payment mechanism for DER injections to the grid and working with the New York Independent System Operator to expand market mechanisms for companies offering advanced energy solutions to compete in the marketplace; and
    • Reliability and Safety: Investing in foundational technologies to maintain electric system reliability and safety under current and future DER penetrations while enabling advanced market functions and services.

    About National Grid

    National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company that supplies the energy for more than 20 million people through its networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain. 

    National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Read more about the innovative projects happening across our footprint in The Democratization of Energy, an eBook written by National Grid’s US president, Dean Seavers. 

    For more information please visit our website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, friend us on Facebook, find our photos on Instagram.

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    Tweet me:.@nationalgridus submits its updated Distributed System Implementation Plan for New York, supporting the transition to a cleaner, more efficient energy future.

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:NGG, National Grid

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    SOURCE:3BL Forum



    Brands Taking Stands: Getting It Right

    The intersection of business and values has been the site of several collisions lately—some accidental, some accidents waiting to happen.
    While the subjects in question have varied from CEO activism and governance to issues of ethics and data privacy, the end point is the same: In business 2018, values matter, more than ever. No company looking to its future viability can afford to avoid making choices—and statements—about what it stands for while avoiding pitfalls and misguided actions.

    Taking the “right” positions in business can be as difficult as foreseeing future growth and profitability at a time of maximum political uncertainty and market disruption. The hard work of getting it right is illuminated by some recent examples of major companies getting it wrong in areas of major concern.

    • CEO activism. A negative spotlight shone on Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who defended the site’s publishing of posts by Holocaust deniers; Tesla’s Elon Musk who falsely name-called a rescuer of the cave-bound Thai boys; and Papa John’s founder and former CEO (now former chairman) John Schnatter, dismissed for racial slurs (he’s now suing for reinstatement to the board). The incidents highlighted the risks to an organization when the chief executive of a company is “the face” of the business. The brand reputation and share price of all three companies suffered—Facebook suffered a $120 billion drop in valuation when it announced the belated hiring of 20,000 new employees to deal with issues of fake news and privacy and projected declining revenue in a context of ongoing questions about the privacy of the data it collects.
    • Ethics. Among brands taking a beating for governance failure was Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, which shut down among ongoing questions about using political status for personal gain—and after Hudson’s Bay Company announced that it would stop selling the line, joining major retailers Marshall’s, Nordstrom, and T.J. Maxx, which had previously discontinued it. Burberry was called out for burning $37 million worth of unsold products “to protect intellectual property,” a stance that drew criticism from politicians and shareholders, as well as environmentalists.
    • Brand positioning. Washington hamburger chain Z Burger published a Twitter ad touting its burgers using an image of a US journalist moments before he was executed by ISIS terrorists. Everyone involved apologized.
    • Operational stumbles. Google was fined $5 billion by the EU for antitrust violations. This follows last year’s EU fine of $2.7 billion fine levied against the company for manipulating search results. Twitter’s stock fell as the company purged thousands of what it admitted were fake accounts and reported fewer users.

    These missteps by big brands are speed bumps, not barriers, to better practices. As Dr. Daniel Korschun has noted, “companies can’t avoid politics and shouldn’t try to.” That’s also the title of his Harvard Business Review article, co-authored with N. Craig Smith. “Business as usual now means including considerations of worldviews and values as well as the quality of products and services in strategic planning,” Korschun and Smith argue.

    Mistakes are inevitable. As Korschun puts it, “Clearly, our often-divided political environment poses some danger for companies.” But he claims that there is no choice: “Executives who wish to respond fully to the needs of their stakeholders will need to embrace the new reality if they hope to succeed.” Transparency, consistency, materiality, leadership— a commitment to these qualities will determine the success of any purpose-driven company that stakes out clear positions on the issues of the day, from taking a stand on socio-political issues to internal practices, such as diversity and inclusion and employment engagement programs. Korschun elaborates on these ideas in an e-Book, Stand or Sit: Changing Roles of Companies & CR Directors in Politically Divisive Times, published by 3BL Media.


    Do Companies Really Need a “Head of Integrity”?

    “Integrity and ethics are hot these days,” notes a recent Financial Times op-ed.  For evidence to back her claim, author Brooke Masters, an FT editor, searched Glassdoor and found 426 postings for chief integrity officer jobs and 667 for ethics officers. “The trend has gathered pace in the past three to four years as local governments, charities and multinational corporations have taken to boasting that they have appointed a chief integrity officer or created an ethics office,” she concludes. While arguing that putting a high-level executive in charge is “a good way to demonstrate commitment,” she also cautions that such positions must be included in major decisions and be backed by business leaders to be effective.

    Banks Establish New Methods to Assess Climate Change Risks and Opportunities

    A group of 16 global banks has signed on to new methodologies to become more transparent about their exposure to climate-related issues that affect their operations. The initiative is based on input from a working group that is steering the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The banks currently piloting the methodologies are ANZ, Barclays, BBVA, BNP Paribas, Bradesco, Citi, DNB, Itaú Unibanco, National Australia Bank, Rabobank, Royal Bank of Canada Santander, Société Générale, Standard Chartered, TD Bank Group, and UBS.

    Banks will assess physical climate risks in their loan portfolios, evaluating the impacts on key credit-risk metrics. The forward-looking assessments offer longer-term insights that go beyond the usual stress-testing horizon of two-three years. The methodologies, published by the UN Environment Finance Initiative and Acclimatise, an advisory firm, in a report, Navigating a New Climate, focus on three climate-sensitive industry sectors: agriculture, energy, and real estate.

    Standards Matter: Count the Ways
    A company’s ethical achievements are increased eleven-fold when employees are encouraged to base their decisions on the values and standards of the business. That’s the key finding of new survey by the Ethics & Compliance Initiative, an alliance of organizations committed to business best practice. The ethics group lists the benefits of company programs that go beyond bare minimum standards of responsible conduct in the second installment of its Global Business Ethics Survey, a global benchmark for the workplace. It reports that high-quality ethics and compliance programs were remarkably empowering: “Never before in history have employees revealed just how much of an impact these programs have in their organizations. Simply put, organizational leaders should not be satisfied with a minimally constructed program as it’s well evidenced that any step taken towards high-quality performance provides a significant return on investment and an improved culture.”


    "Companies, and by extension their management teams and their CEOs, have a moral obligation to try to be a force for good. I don’t think there’s any way that we can shirk that responsibility, and I don’t think there’s any way to fully stand away from the culture wars around us. You have to take a stand. That stand shouldn’t be a political one. But it should be one that is based on your values and your mission.”
    —Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, excerpted from “Corner Office,” NY Times


    Beth Ford has been named president and CEO of Land O’Lakes. She was previously the company’s COO. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes in 2011, Ford worked in executive operations management and supply chain roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil, Pepsico and Pepsi Bottling Company, and Scholastic. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of technology and R&D across these four companies. Ford becomes the 25th female chief executive of a Fortune 500 company, and will be the third openly gay CEO of that exclusive group, and the first woman.

    Jim Hunter will join Delos, a wellness real estate and technology firm, as chief technology officer. Hunter brings over 25 years of experience in transformative technology sectors – including specialized proficiencies in IoT and home automation. Prior to joining Delos, Hunter provided oversight for technology, architecture and innovation at Greenwave Systems; led Motorola/Google’s architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart home; and shaped a powerful standards based platform as the Founder and Chief Architect of 4Home, Inc.

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    Continue the important conversations on corporate responsibility long after 3BL Forum with the Brands Taking Stands newsletter. Written by veteran journalist, John Howell, this newsletter is published every Wednesday morning.

    Tweet me:In this week's #BrandsTakingStands: Mistakes corporations make taking a stand; banks band together for #climateaction; + @ECInitiative ‏survey says #employees feel empowered by high-quality ethics + compliance programs #HR #Csuite #thoughtleadership

    KEYWORDS: 3bl Media, 3BL Forum, john howell, Elon Musk, Dan Schulman, Ethics & Compliance Initiative, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Burberry, IVANKA TRUMP, Z Burger, Twitter, Brands Taking Stands, Facebook, mark zuckerberg


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    August 2, 2018 /3BL Media/ - At its plant in Austin, Texas, Samsung produces chips that go into mobile devices. Precise temperature and humidity control are essential to the fabrication of semiconductors, which is why these facilities have large chiller operations. They also consume significant amounts of Ultra Pure Water (UPW) and generate substantial wastewater.

    High-volume water consumption can present significant challenges in water-stressed areas such as Austin, Texas, where Samsung operates one of North America’s largest chip fabrication plants. It has 45,000 tons of chilling capacity and 34 chillers connected to two cooling towers. The challenge for this technology provider: To ensure reliable production climate control while reducing the plant’s water footprint and protecting its assets.
    That’s why Samsung called on Ecolab to help the plant dramatically reduce its water use, control corrosion and microbial growth, and optimize its operations. Working with Ecolab, Samsung saved 73.8 million gallons of water, equivalent to the drinking water needs of more than 255,000 people, as well as $1.6 million in reduced maintenance and equipment replacement costs.
    Given its location in a water-scarce region, the Samsung facility had to increase operational reliability while optimizing water use. To support those goals, Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, conducted a detailed analysis and implemented its 3D TRASAR™ Technology
    The solution provided:
    • Real-time notification of changing conditions
    • Detailed modeling and optimization of water sources so the facility managers could better understand the impact of improved flow management of the different streams
    • 24/7 automation to enable immediate response to scaling or corrosion
    • Technology to identify and control Key Process Indicators (KPIs) to minimize the risk of downtime or disruptions
    The successful 3D TRASAR installation delivered on its promises, and enabled Samsung to achieve its objectives — save water and cost, ensure smooth operations and reduce the plant’s impact on the surrounding community.
    To learn more about how Ecolab helps its customers save water, energy and cost, read our new Corporate Sustainability Report.

    Tweet me:In water-challenged #Austin, TX, making microchips isn’t easy. That’s why the @Samsung plant there teamed up with @Ecolab to save #water, ensure operations and reduce its impact on the community. Here’s how they did it:



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    SOURCE:Mohawk Industries


    Nutopia by Mohawk Group Intersects Nature and Urban Fabric

    Nutopia, one of our newest Living Products, explores natural effects in urban settings for a new take on biophilic patterns. The unique carpet tile collection meets the most stringent sustainability requirements while offering a multitude of wayfinding and branding opportunities.

    Nutopia made its debut at at NeoCon, featured in our showroom as well as at The Future Is party. The collection itself draws its inspiration from the concept of urban fabric. Designers considered the ideas of balance, acceptance and integration – all part of human interaction in an urban landscape – and the result includes four extraordinary 12″ x 36″ carpet plank styles that can be used individually or specified as a cohesive system.

    Biophilia Inspired Carpet Tile Collection Nutopia

    Jackie Dettmar, Mohawk Group’s VP of Design and Product Development, said, “Biophilia is part of every pattern in our life. The process of natural weathering and the passage of time is something that really inspired us for the Nutopia patterns.”

    The four designs, Urban Passage, Urban Field, Urban Fringe and Urban Canvas, were developed to work together, simplifying specification with two neutral field patterns, a bold accent pattern and a transition pattern that coordinate perfectly. The four styles are available in either a cool gray or warm taupe base, and depending on the accent colors used, layouts can be subdued and subtle or vivid and dramatic, mirroring the dynamics of the city life from which they were inspired.
    Nutopia Carpet Tile Collection Supports Wayfinding
    Nutopia’s modular design elements culminate in a flooring system especially suited for workplace or higher education projects. Designers can choose from a carefully curated palette of accent colors, which can easily transition in and out of the field tiles through the use of the Urban Fringe plank. It’s the perfect collection to support specification for both wayfinding and creating defined spaces in the built environment.
    Nutopia’s Urban Passage Carpet Design
    Urban Passage, with its modern gestural wash of accent color against cool or warm neutrals, offers a large-scale pattern that references nature’s patina, like oxidation on metal, in an urban setting. This natural aspect of the otherwise contemporary design, combined with the variegated, wool-like texture and appearance of our Heathered Hues yarn, makes Nutopia a unique but fitting choice for biophilic designs.
    Nutopia’s Sustainability Story
    Heathered Hues, our innovative yarn system, contributes to Nutopia’s strong sustainability story as well. The yarn is dematerialized for low environmental impact and no water is used in its production.
    See why Nutopia is the perfect flooring choice for transitioning a space – and find out which style was inspired by peeling paint on the side of buildings in this behind-the-scenes video!
    Nutopia is Living Product Challenge Petal Certified
    Another fun fact? Nutopia is one of six Mohawk Group products to earn Petal Certification from the International Living Future Institute’s Living Product Challenge. Along with the other collections, Nutopia was created to have a net positive impact on the planet and the people who inhabit it. Nutopia is Red List-free, informed by biomimicry and biophilia and manufactured with best practices that exemplify social responsibility and respect of the rights of workers.
    To satisfy the Net Positive Water Imperative and offset the water used to create Nutopia, Mohawk partnered with Hampton University in Virginia, retrofitting the dorm showers with more than 150 low-flow showerheads for a savings of approximately 4 million gallons of water each year.
    To order samples from the Nutopia collection, visit the collection page here.

    Tweet me:.@mohawkgroup’s biophilia inspired carpet tile, Nutopia, is #LivingProduct Challenge Petal Certified and meets the most stringent #sustainability standards. Learn more here:

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:MHK, mohawk group, Nutopia, Living Products, sustainability, Green Building, sustainable living


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    Company provides customers with an in-store opportunity to honor and support family and friends affected by cancer

    SOURCE:CVS Health


    WOONSOCKET, R.I., August 2, 2018 /3BL Media/ CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced a pledge to contribute a minimum of $10 million to the American Cancer Society through in-store fundraising over the next three years and to serve as the official retail pharmacy partner of the nation’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.

    The new funding will be raised to support cancer patient services programs, breakthrough research, and cancer prevention efforts, including tobacco control. According to the American Cancer Society, almost 30 percent of cancer deaths this year will be caused by cigarette smoking.

    “Through our new commitment to the American Cancer Society, we will help to support more cancer survivors and reduce the number of cancer deaths, including those related to smoking,” said Troy Brennan, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “We are pleased to be extending our relationship with a best-in-class cancer organization, which shares our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

    CVS Pharmacy customers can join in the company’s efforts and honor and support those affected by cancer by donating to the American Cancer Society at the register at 8,000 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide or online at from August 5 -25, 2018.  The new philanthropic investment will directly support the American Cancer Society’s breakthrough cancer research, free rides to treatments, free lodging near hospitals and a 24/7 live cancer helpline, as well as build on the two organizations’ efforts to help more people lead tobacco-free lives.

    “The American Cancer Society is dedicated to leading the fight against cancer, including helping people quit smoking or never starting in the first place,” said Otis W. Brawley, M.D., Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the American Cancer Society. “Recognizing that cigarette smoking is a leading cause of cancer, CVS Pharmacy has removed tobacco products from their shelves and is committed to delivering the first tobacco-free generation. That’s why the American Cancer Society is proud to partner with CVS Health.”

    CVS Health and the American Cancer Society are also working together to identify opportunities along a patient’s cancer journey to increase access to health products and services.

    CVS Health’s latest commitment to the American Cancer Society builds on a longstanding partnership with the organization that includes providing tobacco-control expertise and support to the company’s Be The First initiative. Be The First is CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million commitment to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation. To date, the CVS Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society have helped clear the air for more than 1 million students through grants that help colleges and universities advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The two organizations will be announcing additional grants to major academic institutions across the country later this year.

    About American Cancer Society

    The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to The American Cancer Society does not endorse any product or service.

    About CVS Health

    CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,800 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:CVS, CVS Health, American Cancer Society, Cancer, smoke-free, tobacco-free

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    How businesses, big and small, are connecting with customers by doing good



    by Catherine Hernandez-Blades

    Ms. Hernandez-Blades is senior vice president, chief brand and communications officer at Aflac. Her responsibilities include Advertising, Brand Strategy, Social Media and Corporate Communications, including Aflac’s award-winning corporate social responsibility program.

    As children, we are taught the value of helping others, doing what is right and looking out for one another. In business, these values can be demonstrated through corporate social responsibility (CSR), a term used to describe how a company shares its business’ culture, values and ways of giving back. However, there is a common misconception that only businesses which operate on a global or national scale need to partake in CSR initiatives, but this is not true. In fact, it is often just as important for small companies and leaders, such as brokers and agents, to embody socially responsible values.

    Read the full article on the LIFE&Health Advisor website.

    Tweet me:LIFE&Health Advisor Magazine: Catherine Hernandez-Blades of @Aflac on how businesses large and small connect with customers by doing good @enewslink #CSR

    KEYWORDS: Aflac, Advisor Magazine, Catherine Hernandez-Blades

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    UPS, the global multinational package delivery company, has been producing a sustainability report since 2003, and was the first in their industry to issue a report with environmental, social and governance (ESG) information. For the company, sustainability reporting is a means to create more positive impacts in the industry, for its stakeholders and on the world.

    Sustainability reporting is not something that UPS takes lightly. As Chief Sustainability Officer Tamara Barker explains: “Reporting and transparent disclosure provide us the opportunity to share with stakeholders where we are making progress and where we need to improve.”  

    Through UPS’s sustainability reporting, ESG information is held to the same standards as the company’s financial information and assured by an external party. UPS continually evaluates sustainability priorities through regular materiality assessments, which ensures continued reporting on topics most important for stakeholders and the business. 

    For example, in 2016, UPS conducted materiality assessments in its key business regions, which gave insights into local sustainability issues that would not have emerged in a global materiality assessment. One clear example of action resulting from these regional insights is the company’s focus on urban delivery solutions in cities around the world. Solutions include a zero-emissions delivery program with electrically assisted cargo tricycles, which has expanded to other parts of the world following a successful European pilot.  

    These regional assessments helped inform UPS’s 2020 and 2025 sustainability goals, focused on workforce, community, and the environment. The most ambitious of these is a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across ground operations by 12 percent by 2025. This goal is supported by targets to purchase more alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, use lower carbon fuels, and increase renewable electricity in UPS facilities.  

    With its 2017 Sustainability Report, UPS took a new approach to more effectively reach stakeholders and target audiences, resulting in splitting the Report into two sections that would provide different stakeholders with the information they are looking for. This new format includes:  

    • An interactive Progress Report aimed at customers, influencers and staff, with stories about sustainability at UPS in 2017, and 
    • An online GRI Content Index for investors, NGOs, policymakers and rating organizations, to easily access detail about management approaches, data, and policies.  

    While these are two separate documents, information is cross-referenced and includes links to other relevant documents of the organization.  

    In the end, as Tamara points out, “our aim with the new format is to reach stakeholders with the information most relevant and useful to them. We continue to use the reporting process to find more sustainable and efficient ways to do our business around the world.

    Join UPS and thousands of other companies driving change with transparency and start reporting with the GRI Standards

    Tweet me:One of the first in their industry to publicly disclose #ESG information, @UPS holds #sustainability information to the same standards as the company’s financial information. Find out more in this @GRI_Secretariat featured report article: #GRIStandards

    KEYWORDS: GRI, global reporting initiative, GRI Standards, Corporate Responsibility, Disclosure, UPS

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    Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education Partner on “Ignite My Future in School” Initiative, Delivering Professional Learning to Educators and Supporting the Integration of Computational Thinking into Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Curriculum

    SOURCE:Discovery Education


    CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 2, 2018  /3BL Media/ – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the Charlotte-based leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, this week announced the Charlotte, N.C. launch of their Ignite My Future in School (IMFIS) initiative. Through this initiative, 140 middle school educators from across Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools participated in IMFIS Days of Discovery at Northeast Middle School and Northridge Middle School. During these professional learning events, hosted August 1 - 2, local educators connected with Discovery Education’s professional learning experts to learn about the Ignite My Future in School initiative, understand its purpose and develop new strategies for integrating these new resources into classroom instruction.

    “We want our teachers to be proficient in technology so that they can teach students the 21st-century skills they need. The ‘Ignite My Future in School’ initiative will benefit 140 of our middle school teachers,” said Dr. Clayton M. Wilcox, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “We are grateful for our partnership with Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education, which has made possible two days of enriching professional development to increase our teachers’ skills and knowledge.”

    Much like critical thinking, computational thinking equips learners with essential skills for solving complex problems to find innovative solutions by collecting and analyzing data, modeling solutions, or applying algorithmic thinking. Ignite My Future in School combines the best of digital content, lesson plans, career vignettes and professional learning to help teachers prepare their students for careers of the future. The initiative offers educators instructional resources and year-round curriculum support to ensure that computational thinking is embedded into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts and social studies. This interdisciplinary approach helps students to obtain the necessary skills required for 21st-century careers across all industries.

    “I want to thank Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education for partnering on the ‘Ignite My Future in School’ initiative and allowing teachers to grow and develop professionally,” said Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC). “Providing opportunities for our teachers to learn and incorporate computational thinking into core subjects benefits not only educators, but also ensures North Carolina’s students are learning skills for the 21st-century economy and allows our great state to maintain a competitive workforce.”

    The Ignite My Future in School initiative will help guarantee that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools continues contributing to the strong talent pipeline that advances the region’s leadership position in the financial sector. Currently, Charlotte stands out as a strong job creator and talent attractor in the fintech space, and the region is the third-largest banking center in the country. 

    With more than 17,000 technology jobs than graduates, the city needs future employees with robust computational thinking skills and abilities – Ignite My Future in School intends to help fill the talent gap.

    “As a college professor for over 40 years, I was ecstatic to join Charlotte-Mecklenberg middle school teachers during the Charlotte Days of Discovery as a part of the ‘Ignite My Future in Schools’ program, which has successfully traveled the country, providing teachers with critical resources to prepare the next generation of leaders with computational skills,” said Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (D-NC-12). “I commend the ‘Ignite My Future in Schools’ program for recognizing this need and bringing their exceptional work to the 12th Congressional District. We must continue to engage innovatively within our educational system to meet the growing needs of our time.”

    TCS and Discovery Education have also launched the digital platform to provide teachers nationwide with exclusive, cost-free, virtual professional development experiences that include lesson plans, curriculum resources, eLearning courses and webinars. These resources are aligned to U.S. standards, as well as the K-12 Computer Science Framework. 

    “No priority is more important than ensuring students and communities have the tools and pathways needed to compete in the multi-faceted workforce of today and tomorrow. Through Ignite My Future in School, our goal is to cultivate innovative approaches that build on Charlotte’s track record of success as we move into an era of digital transformation and rapid economic change,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS. 

    On a national level, Ignite My Future in School has a goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this objective, TCS and Discovery Education have partnered with U.S. school districts in the Washington, D.C. area, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin as early adopters and launch sites of this transdisciplinary approach. Since launching in 2017, more than 3,300 educators and 185,000 students in all 50 states have accessed Ignite My Future in School resources– providing training materials valued at more than $2 million. To learn more about Ignite My Future in School, go to


    About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS):

    Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of IT, Business & Technology Services, and engineering. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India's largest multinational business group, TCS has more than 400,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $19.09 billion for year ended March 31, 2018 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS' proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News.

    About Discovery Education:
    As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

    Media Contacts:

    Ben Trounson, Tata Consultancy Services,

    Katie Pearson, Tata Consultancy Services,

    Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education,

    Tweet me:.@TCS_NA and @DiscoveryEd partner on #IgniteMyFuture, delivering professional learning to educators and supporting the integration of computational thinking into @CharMeckSchools

    KEYWORDS: discovery education, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), Computational Thinking, Ignite My Future in School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, NYSE:TCS


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    Cultivating a passion for science, technology, engineering and math, JetBlue Foundation sponsors Project Scientist’s STEM Expedition Summer Academy

    SOURCE:JetBlue Airways


    NEW YORK, August 2, 2018 /3BL Media/ – JetBlue (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announced the latest collaboration between the JetBlue Foundation and Project Scientist to introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and aviation careers to girls from traditionally under-represented communities. Project Scientist’s STEM Expedition Summer Academy is geared towards girls ages four to 12 and includes behind-the-scenes looks at STEM-focused companies and college programs. During these summer camps, girls learn directly from women in STEM fields.

    The vision of Project Scientist is to transform the face of STEM by nurturing today’s future scientists who will lead the world in solving tomorrow's greatest challenges. Meanwhile, the JetBlue Foundation, a STEM education-focused entity, works to further JetBlue’s efforts to place aviation top-of-mind as a career choice for students.

    “Cultivating an interest in STEM at a young age is critical to a variety of career opportunities, including aviation,” said Joanna Geraghty, president, JetBlue Foundation. “A strong STEM foundation early in a student’s academic career lays the groundwork for future success. To help the next generation of aviators take off, the JetBlue Foundation is focused on providing access and encouraging curiosity among all students.” 

    According to Women in Aviation International, only seven percent of U.S. pilots are women. The JetBlue Foundation’s mission is to introduce students from traditionally underserved communities, particularly girls, to STEM and aviation and help increase these numbers.

    The JetBlue Foundation has committed to provide ongoing support to help Project Scientist grow its STEM-related programming. On August 1, 2018, JetBlue hosted more than 60 Project Scientist campers at Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Southern California. Students received an overview of the airline’s operation and learned directly from pilots and other aviation professionals about the various career options available within an airline. The JetBlue Foundation sponsored a similar program last year for Project Scientist students in Charlotte, NC.

    "For several years JetBlue has been a key supporter of our mission to educate, coach and advocate for girls with an aptitude, talent and passion for STEM," said Project Scientist CEO and founder Sandy Marshall. "JetBlue's continuing financial and educational support will help today's campers become tomorrow's problem solvers in science, technology, engineering and math." 

    Project Scientist works with universities, research partners, and curriculum developers to offer educational programming for girls from low-income backgrounds to participate in hands-on experiments and partake in local field trips. Earlier this year, Project Scientist was the recipient of a grant from the JetBlue Foundation. This grant is funding their Pasadena and Orange County sites and providing scholarship support and the necessary infrastructure to position Project Scientist for growth. In 2016, Project Scientist received their first grant from the JetBlue Foundation to fund similar STEM programming. For more information on Project Scientist, visit

    In addition to providing grants, the JetBlue Foundation also believes in the power of mentorship and in-kind support. Knowing that each grant recipient has unique needs, the JetBlue

    Foundation lends a supportive hand in a variety of ways. From Q&A sessions with female engineers and pilots at JetBlue, to sponsoring aviation-related curriculum, to hosting tours at JetBlue’s airports and training centers, the JetBlue Foundation provides students with awareness and access to spark an interest in STEM and aviation.

    Beyond just grants, the JetBlue Foundation provides internships and much more to make a difference for the next generation of aviators, engineers, dispatchers, schedulers, aircraft mechanics and pilots. Over the past five years, the Foundation has built ongoing relationships with nearly 40 aviation and STEM-focused programs and provided more than $750,000 in grants to help these programs take off and soar.

    The JetBlue Foundation is currently accepting applications for the next round of grants. For grant criteria or to submit an application, go to Visit the site for more information, to see how previous recipients have utilized their grants, examples of JetBlue Foundation partnerships in flight and other STEM-related news.

    About JetBlue

    JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 101 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit

    About the JetBlue Foundation

    The JetBlue Foundation, founded in 2013, is independent from JetBlue and has a separate Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee both made up of JetBlue crewmembers from across the airline. To learn more about the JetBlue Foundation, visit

    About Project Scientist

    Project Scientist is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, coaching and advocating for girls and women with a passion, aptitude and talent for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Core programs include Project Scientist Academy, a six-week summer science intensive for girls ages 4-12 held on university campuses in North Carolina and California. All programs are research-based and 40% of services are scholarship-based. More information is available at

    JetBlue Corporate Communications
    Tel: +1 718 709 3089

    Tweet me:The @JetBlue Foundation and @projscientist empower the next generation of girls in #STEM #WomenInSTEM

    KEYWORDS: NASDAQ:JBLU, Jetblue, Project Scientist, STEM Expedition Summer Academy, aviation


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